March 27, 2005

Pagans: 1, Christians: 0

Filed under: Random Stuff — Bob Gifford @ 1:06 pm

I woke up my two boys (11 and 14) shouting with astonishment. “Wake up — you’ll never guess what happened! Jesus’ body is gone! And people are saying that they’ve seen him alive! We saw him die just a couple days ago, but now he’s risen!”

One of them rolled his eyes, and the other got mad at me for scaring him, making him think that something really had happened.

Then my wife walked in and said “hey, guess what the Easter Bunny brought.” (Yes, they are much too old for Easter baskets, but my wife has a soft spot for such things.) They both raced out of bed to check out the candy.

It seems my kids get a lot more excited about the pagan part of Easter than the Christian. Oh well, its hard to compete with chocolate.

Have a blessed Easter!


  1. After reading this, and having experienced (and participated in) similar occasions myself, I wanted to relate a story for you.

    On the Saturday before Easter my daughter watched a Disney Channel “Winnie the Pooh Easter Special. .” I don’t know if that’s the actual title, but that’s what it was. As they were reaching the end of the show, Rabbit had come to realize that he loved Easter, the candy was ought the Easter baskets and eggs were being distributed, Pooh had his own, special, Easter honeypot, I stuck my head in to the room where my daughter was sitting: Hey, can you think of something they forgot about Easter in this show? No, she said. Well, why don’t you think about it. (My daughter is five, by the way.) There’s something they forgot. So, I go on my way and leave her to watch the rest of the show in peace. I know questions like this can be annoying, and why torture the poor child. Then, as I’m halfway upstairs, I hear a shout from the family room: God! They forgot about God! At the top of her lungs. “I can’t believe they forgot about God!” She proceeded to tell the pastor of our local church and my father who is a pastor all about it when she got the chance.

    So, even though sometimes it seems like they aren’t getting any of the stuff we’re trying to teach them, there’s still hope. This story DOES have the power to move people!!!

    He lives — He lives — HE LIVES


    Comment by Peter — March 28, 2005 @ 12:43 pm

  2. Lol! I love what you did with your kids.

    As I kissed my 7-year old good night on Saturday evening, she said she couldn’t wait to dive into all the chocolate in the morning. And then she added, “Of course, GOD is the most important thing about tomorrow.”

    I just smiled and thought, “Yeah, right!”

    Comment by graham — March 28, 2005 @ 2:53 pm

  3. Thanks to both of you for your stories. I guess some of it sinks in after all!

    Comment by Bob — March 28, 2005 @ 5:38 pm

  4. Wonderful 🙂

    pax et bonum

    Comment by John — March 29, 2005 @ 1:01 am

  5. Thanks, Bob… I’m still laughing. Can I use it in my sermon
    next year? I’ll change the names to protect the guilty.

    Comment by Tony — March 31, 2005 @ 9:49 pm

  6. Tony – Of course, and no need to change the names on my account.

    Comment by Bob — April 1, 2005 @ 7:13 pm

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